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Mark your calendar for Foliage Friday & Succulent Saturday at Mischler’s

by Connie Oswald Stofko Get bargains on houseplants and succulents during Foliage Friday and Succulent Saturday, March 19 and 20 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sale prices will be in effect both days for both houseplants and succulents. Shop early for the best selection. The entire collection of more than 100 varieties of succulents will be on sale. Succulents in…

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See ‘Mini Pennies’ in Great Plant Sale; final release is Monday, March 15

‘Mini Pennies’ are the cutest perennials you’ll ever see, according to the horticulture staff at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. These baby perennials come in small, four-inch pots and were grown from seed this year by the dedicated horticulture team. Though they may look mini when you pick them up, with a little time and patience, these babies will flourish and fill your garden for many years to come.  ‘Mini Pennies’ make up the newest category in the…

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As exciting as spring: warm weather & a prize drawing for gardeners!

by Connie Oswald Stofko Warm weather and sunshine today! Tomorrow should be even warmer! And is holding its prize drawing! Could Western New York gardeners stand any more excitement? To enter the prize drawing, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! You already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing! If you already get the Tuesday emails with the newest articles, you don’t have to subscribe again. You are already entered! I…

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Tomatoes & daffodils: when you can’t wait for spring

by Connie Oswald Stofko It seemed like we had winter and summer at the same time last week. There was plenty of snow at our house to make a snowman, and my husband participated while wearing shorts! In spite of that, it’s not spring yet– not even on the calendar! But here are a couple of topics for this time of the year when we can’t wait for spring. A trick to plant (some) seeds outside now Last week we…

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Tell your friends about our stupendous prize drawing!

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’ve been reading, you already know about the gardening tips, full-color photos, videos and up-to-date list of gardening events. But there are actually gardeners in Western New York who haven’t heard of! And they don’t know about our wonderful prize drawing with a prize package worth more than $250! Can you help me spread the word? After all, there will be three winners in our drawing. It could be you and two of your…

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Design, all-season gardens to be discussed at Education Day March 13

Two great speakers will be featured at Master Gardener Education Day, which will be held virtually from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13 by the Master Gardeners in Erie County. Rick Darke, the photographer and co-author with Doug Tallamy of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, will present “Dynamic Design and Stewardship of Living Landscapes.”  Paul Zammit, a professor at Niagara College in Ontario and past director of horticulture at the Toronto…

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Our great prize drawing is back–subscribe for a chance to win!

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s time again for our great prize drawing! To enter, just subscribe to, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. It’s free to subscribe! Have you already subscribed? Then you are already entered into the drawing! I appreciate the support of my current readers! Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each will win a prize package worth more than $250! The deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 23. If you are one…

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Start seeds now (or soon) for cool weather veggies in WNY

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can get a head start on gardening in Western New York by sowing seeds for cool weather vegetables such as onions, endive and cabbage. In this article, Patti Jablonski-Dopkin, general manager of Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo, lays out the details on starting cool weather vegetables from seed. Some cool weather vegetables can be started inside now–or soon–depending on the last frost date in your area. Other seeds are sown directly…

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‘What’s Bugging You’ series addresses pest problems

Find out not only how to get rid of pests, but why the pests are there in the first place with What’s Bugging You First Fridays. Get practical advice in this new virtual series. Learn how to use integrated pest management (IPM), a wholistic approach that uses different tools and practices to avoid pest problems, deal with pest problems and promote a healthy environment. The series is being held by Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County in partnership with the New…

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Why you should plant perennials in containers, plus 4 tips

by Connie Oswald Stofko Marie and Jerry Wysocki of Hamburg, who shared their landscape on Open Gardens last year, are planting more and more perennials in containers. One reason is that you can save money, Marie said. The perennials can winter over in the container and bloom again the next year, so you don’t have to buy as many annuals. The container in the photo holds three perennials: a euonymus (not visible), a short salvia and a hosta. There are…

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